This Office of Naval Research funded project (award #N00014-16-1-2801) is focusing on using geospatial information systems and technologies to help train the next generation of Naval Scientists and engineers. The project is designed to provide students in ROTC, as well as student veterans, with an opportunity to use geospatial thinking in a relevant and hands-on environment. NAVIGATE is an immersive science, engineering, technology, and mathematics, or STEM, training program that will provide students with specialized, defense-related training in geospatial technology. This interdisciplinary team is led by Principal investigator Dr. Sara Chavarria, Co-PI Karen Siderelis, and Co-PI Michelle Higgins. Other partnerships include the University of Arizona's College of Education, STEM Learning Center, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, Veterans Education and Transition Services, UA's Navy ROTC and Raytheon Missile Systems.
Project NAVIGATE is more than a class. This project includes interactive events, field experiences, networking opportunities and a trip to Washington, DC to attend a professional conference!